Need interesting place to take someone from SF
A friend from San Francisco will be in town and I'd like to take her somewhere fun with price range for dinner entrees no more than $15, somewhere between San Gabriel Valley to L.A. I've taken her to brunch at Bottega Louie, dinner at Ciudad a long time ago, way before the bad economy, and to Saladang Song even though their food isn't superb, but they have a really nice setting. I'm thinking of taking her this time to Wurstkuche but their portions are small and unfilling. I'd love to take her to LaMill cuz I love their food but their portions are also small and unfilling, and much pricier.
Anyway, this is to give you an idea of what I mean by fun and interesting.
I would recommend ethnic. Guelaguetza on Olympic and Normandie or Monte Alban in West LA have good food, a nice atmosphere and are in your price range.
Jitlada in Hollywood for Thai would also be in the price range. You could get three (possibly four) dishes to share for what you would spend on two $15 entrees.
5233 1/2 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027
11927 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
3014 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90006
i would say olvera street
cole's french dip
a walk around chinatown (during the day) and a bahn mi at 314 ord street (or many possible chinese options)
grand central market
hollywood farmers market.
all of these include fun walks around where you are. i like wurstkuche a lot - but it is pricy and not too filling under $15.